chocomilk2000 Posted January 5, 2012 Share Posted January 5, 2012 Hi everyone, I am posting here for the very first time because I am starting to send off applications for a Psy.D. degree. Before going into details, I should mention that I am located in Quebec, and French Universities don't require GREs; as such, I haven't taken them (thank god!). My stress lays in the fact that my undergraduate GPA of 3.39 is less-than-competitive due to a semester and a half spent missing a lot of school for medical/personal reasons (doctor documented stuff). Prior to that, I was kicking ass with A's and was on the dean's list. At that time (the good time), my GPA went up to 3.55 and I was motivated...so I applied for an M.A. in Psychology at McGill University, and got accepted out of 130+ applications (*mega shock, as most applicants had well over a 3.55+experience*). I am almost done my M.A. and currently have a 3.96 out of 4.0, lots of practical experience(I am currently working 3 days full-time at another Quebec University's Counselling Center, lots quality clinical volunteer/paid work in the past etc). I have LOTS of clinical experience and am not worried about that, but a very mediocre amount of research experience. I did the research assistant thing 3 times (data entry, interviewing. coding), but hated it....and never published a paper or presented at a conference. The most I will have accomplished (excluding mandatory undergrad level basic research methods/stats courses) is a 1-year research seminar in quantitative and qualitative studies at the graduate level...where I have done article critiques/reviews, and will have conducted my own qualitative research study+presented it during poster session at McGill. I know Quebec universities value undergraduate GPAs highly, and I am fearing that my past will come to bite me in the butt. I know that I did do well during my undergrad up until my "bad point" and that I am doing extremely well at the graduate level (and have lots of clinical experience related to the Psy.D)...but I fear many schools will auto-reject me due to a weak undergrad GPA....despite the rest, that I truly feel shows I am capable of partaking in doctoral studies. I guess I am also bringing up the research bit because although it isn't as important for getting into a Psy.D versus a PhD, I worry it will further weaken my chances. ANY feedback, words of wisdom would be appreciated. Seriously, I have been stressing for so long, worrying that I'd get rejected and re-rejected all because of a GPA I cannot modify. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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